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A taster ‘flash fest’ is being held at 11am on July 13, for Brunel’s ss Great Britain to showcase some of the highlights for its contribution to the 40th Bristol Harbour Festival later this month.

The Brunel Square Stage, next to Brunel’s ss Great Britain and the Dockyard Café Bar, will host a selection of those taking part in the main event on July 30 and 31.

The Bristol Harbour Festival, organised by Bristol City Council, is the city’s major cultural event and one of the UK’s best known free festivals. Brunel’s ss Great Britain is making its biggest ever splash at the festival with ‘Overboard’ – a music, foodie and entertainment extravaganza.

Guests on July 13 include acclaimed musician Phil King and Jane Taylor, popular Aardman Animation duo Wallace and Gromit, the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car project, headquartered next to Brunel’s ss Great Britain, plus Osgrow exotic foods.

Booked artists for the Brunel’s ss Great Britain ‘Overboard’ event over the festival weekend have received an open invite, and onlookers plus the media are welcome to the July 13 ‘flash fest’. Treats on July 13 include a mini music session from Bristol-based singer songwriters Phil King and Jane Taylor, plus edible insects fried or smothered in chocolate.

Visitor Services Manager at Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Keith Stanton, said:  “We are 

inviting visitors to go ‘Overboard’ with our biggest ever involvement in Bristol Harbour Festival and this ‘flash fest’ on July 13 will give people a taster of what is to come.

“We are delighted with the support and enthusiasm we have received from the festival’s organisers, plus ‘Fastest to Canada’ which have been key in creating a brilliant music line up, our harbourside neighbours BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car and Aardman Animation, and everyone taking part.

“The event will feature some of the brightest names in folk, jazz and world music. Stars Phil King and Jane Taylor, who between them have sold out Colston Hall and St George’s music venues in Bristol, are providing the headline acts. We are also looking forward to testing the exotic food on offer from Osgrow – from Ostrich steak to chocolate-covered insects.”

Keith added: “We expect this year will help draw more people to the heart of Bristol Harbour, and that they will take the opportunity to explore this part of the waterfront and visit the multi award-winning Brunel’s ss Great Britain.”

Music within Brunel Square, next to Brunel’s ss Great Britain and the Dockyard Café Bar is free and will run between 11am and 5.30pm on July 30 and 31. Traditional music fans can enjoy the steam organ. And The Tavy Tars are playing on board the ss Great Britain, and in the Dry Dock under the ship’s stunning glass ‘sea’ on Saturday (July 30). Other attractions include stalls from the West Country International Guild of Knott Tyers, the Medway Queen, Avon Search & Rescue, Bristol Knowle Sea Cadets, and the Merchant Navy Association.